April 7, 2013

Manufacturing is focus of business newsletter and upcoming luncheon

The state of manufacturing in the region and the country is the focus of the spring issue of Business Analytics, a publication of the Center for Economic Research and Entrepreneurship (CERE) of Dalton State College’s School of Business.

The newsletter, which is available both online and in printed form, includes articles on the turning tide of manufacturing in the U.S., an exclusive interview with Bob Shaw and an analysis of manufacturing’s impact on the regional and national economy.

The articles are authored by business faculty members.

“Advances in robotics, information systems and communications are making U.S. manufacturers more competitive,” said Larry Johnson, associate professor of economics and interim dean of the School of Business. “This edition of Business Analytics is devoted to manufacturing and sheds light on what may be in store for manufacturing in Northwest Georgia.”

“Dalton’s major manufacturing cluster, the tufted carpeting and floorcovering industry, has been through a tough business cycle, but the future looks bright,” said Marilyn Helms, Sesquicentennial Chair and professor of management, who interviewed industry pioneer Bob Shaw for the newsletter. Helms’ interview highlights Shaw’s latest venture, Engineered Floors, as well as his thoughts for the future of the industry.

Robert Culp, assistant professor of economics, analyzes trends in manufacturing jobs in the region and concludes that “growth in Northwest Georgia should continue and even strengthen as the economy recovers.”

Copies of Business Analytics will be available at the Manufacturing Trends Luncheon scheduled for Wednesday at noon at the Dalton Golf & Country Club. Lunch speaker will be Gardner Carrick, vice president for strategic initiatives for The Manufacturing Institute in Washington, D.C. He will speak on “Issues and Challenges Affecting the U.S. Manufacturing Sector.”

The lunch program is co-sponsored by CERE, Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce, Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority, Southeast Industrial Development Association, North Georgia Electric Membership Corp. and the Dalton State Foundation. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at; click on the event under “Upcoming events.”

Business Analytics can be viewed online at

The Center for Economic Research and Entrepreneurship is an outreach of the college’s School of Business that provides economic research and analysis to local businesses and economic developers. CERE sponsors the speaker series in addition to publishing the semi-annual newsletter.  

For more information about Carrick or the Manufacturing Trends Luncheon, contact the School of Business at (706) 272-4507.


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